Questions relating to the dynamic family of functions in Mathematica, such as Dynamic, DynamicModule and Manipulate.

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Creating a list of PopupMenus that dynamically update an element in a list

So as the title says I am trying to make a list where each element is determined by a users choice of an element in a PopupMenu. My first attempt: ...
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Manipulators and Dynamic in more concise code

Is there a way to update dynamic variables through a function. I was looking back at one of the answers from Heike where she showed me how to make my custom ...
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A good way to manage code in a complicated CDF?

When doing complicated programming in a Mma notebook I define several functions that I use in my higher level funtions, and I use a "Subsection" cell for each definition. For example I might write: ...
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Question about modifying a Slider2D control

Background: I want to develop a custom control, based on a 2D slider. I currently have this ( working ) example. ...
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Dialog inside Dynamic Module [duplicate]

The following doesn't appear to work: DynamicModule[{}, Button["Press Me", ChoiceDialog["OK or Cancel?"]]] When I press the button labelled "Press Me", a dialog ...
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Efficient dynamic drawing

So for example I have this code: ...
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There is an issue with Manipulate in which it updates its argument twice in V10

I have asked this question before (here) and I thought that the issue is only when moving the Notebook window. It appears that Manipulate is working in weird manner. ...
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Using more than one set of Locators in a Manipulate

I need to add locators dynamically to different sets. With one set this works OK: ...
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Can a field be used for both input and output (example: exchange rate calculator)

Suppose I want to build a simple currency converter like this one: The functionality is straightforward: enter an amount in any field box, it gets converted into other currencies whose fields are ...
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Bug with Initialization in DynamicModule?

In exploring Tracking Initialization, I came across this. The following usually shows a value for x of 300000 to ...
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Making ColorSetter work like a PasteButton

I might be missing something obvious here. I am building a palette for constructing code to make certain graphics. The idea is that my colleagues can click buttons instead of having to know the right ...
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Interpolation with boundary conditions

I'm working on a sales projection, trying to create some flexibility in handle the forecast using locators. The toy code is something like this: ...
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How to access off-cell mouse position inside an EventHandler?

Consider the following example. First, I print the dynamically updated value of the actual position of the mouse, then I print pt, which is the same but is only ...
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Injecting list of controls into manipulate

I am trying to program a method to manually move around graph vertices, and then output the new coordinates. I'd like to turn this into a function that can be called with a variable number of ...
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Creating a slider that instead of setting, increases/decreases a variable

The objective: Create a slider that, when displaced from the center, increases-decreases the value of another variable at a rate proportional to the displacement. So, I create a slider that ...
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LocatorPane and multiple EventHandlers, PassEventsDown option

Consider the following piece of code from Heike as an ( accepted ) answer on LocatorPane, selecting multiple Locators - Basically the code implements dragging polygons on a LocatorPane. ...
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How to make a dynamic stopwatch?

For some experiments I need some basic timer function. I tried various methods, and neither of them are fully satisfactory. What I need is a button, that starts/stops a timer, resets timer with each ...
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How to inherit options by scoping?

Consider the following example: you have a function framed producing a cell with a button that, when pushed, calls framed again. ...
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Enabled option for slider in Manipulate not updating dynamically

In a Manipulate expression I have a slider control which has the Enabled option ...
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How can I make sure all InputFields have values before processing a nb form?

This is a two part problem: I have a form that accepts both numeric and text inputs, then runs a function using a "process" Button. The issue I'm having is users that forget to fill out all of the ...
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DynamicModule variables that retain values during code reloading

At times I'll find myself building a some interface component where I want to have some localized dynamic variables, and while testing I might realize that some bit of the code needs to change, which ...
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Graph: PropertyValue changes and Dynamic

I almost never work with Graph in Mathematica but lately I helped someone with it. For this, I tried to make an animation using ...
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Creating a Tooltip that knows what platform is currently being used

I have Mathematica 8 on my PC. I also have a new Mac with CDF-player, but not Mathematica. I want a Tooltip that shows one thing if running on a PC, and something ...
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How do you properly create Buttons to change dynamic variables using Table

In this example, I want a series of four buttons to change the value of a variable that is used dynamically to drive a plot. I am trying to figure out why using Table around the buttons causes a ...
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Equivalent of MATLAB's “hold on” function

I'm making an animation where the number of iterations is known. I tried using Dynamic, as I prefer updating in real time over generating data before plotting. I ...
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How to make DynamicModule work without an extra ENTER

I've been trying to learn more about DynamicModule (I do not use them, as I used Manipulate all the time). After some time ...
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Unexpected Setter Bar Behavior when Manipulate Nested in Dynamic Module

Consider this code: DynamicModule[{x, y}, x[t_] := t^2 + 5; y[t_] := t^3 + 5; Manipulate[Plot[fcn[t], {t, -5, 5}], {fcn, {x -> "Square", y -> "Cubic"}}]] ...
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“Masking” an InputField

In building an assignment for my class, I would like set up an InputField, where they will enter a function. I was wondering if there was a way to "continuously" check if their function is being ...
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Checkbox behaving weird when variables are local

I have a DynamicModule in which I need a checkbox with a Max in the dynamic part: ...
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Basic question about Dynamic

Please consider the following: ...
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How to add several Locators to a Graphic with a mouse click?

Background: Suppose I have something like this: ...
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How to dynamically update Locator[] constraints?

I need to visualize Menelaus' theorem for a triangle with moving locators for each of six points. So the vertexes of the triangle can move in any possible way, and the three points on the sides of the ...
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Using free-form linguistic input in a dynamic input field

I've been playing around with dynamic input fields; here's a basic example, which just consists of an input field where the user can enter a function and then a button that can be clicked to graph the ...
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sliding a tangent line along a curve

I am confused by Dynamic. I am trying to slide a tangent line along a curve, without using DynamicModule, so that I can include ...
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How to create a ListLinePlot with a layout analogous to ChartLayout -> “Stacked”?

I am using 3 checkboxes as desktops, portables and ipods in such a way that when I click to desktops it should shows ListLinePlot of ...
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Printing a Dynamic variable inside Dynamic

I'm trying to Print the variable a inside the Dynamic wrapper. Seems like such a simple question, but I haven't been able to get ...
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Control variable and body variable decoupling in Manipulate

This issue was raised as an offside problem in this thread. Consider the following example, that does not work as expected: ...
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Using gamepad without dynamic

I am a novice using Mathematica. I program regularly using c like languages though. Now i work on a simulation of a vehicle. I have a loop that calculates the next state of the physical model every dt ...
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How to make a piece of a pie chart change color upon clicking it?

I am trying to use the EventHandler and have managed to make the text change color upon clicking it, but cannot seem to make each piece of the pie chart change ...
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Using the keyboard to interactively and dynamically specify coordinates in a grid (a la Battleship board game)

In Mathematica, it is possible to create a Table or Grid of \[Placeholder] boxes. For ...
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Why does Dynamic output cause CPU usage when onscreen?

I write such a line in Mathematica: {Slider[Dynamic[s]], Dynamic[f[x_] := s*x]} After evaluation, the CPU immediately runs at full power. And if you scroll the ...
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Progress indicator with shared variables

I'm trying to create a custom progress indicator for a parallelized computation, using Dynamic and SetSharedVariables to display ...
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Using a progress bar in a functional expression

If we have a procedural construct like a Do loop or Table, it is straightforward to make a progress bar to indicate the percent ...
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Is there a way to make an interactive plot so one can pan and zoom?

My googling efforts returned nothing so I thought I'd ask here. I often make a ListPlot[] with a huge array, and sometimes it has smaller features that I'd like to take a closer look at, but aren't ...
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How to robustly apply ToBoxes to a Dynamic expression?

Inserting a Dynamic object in a boxform expression messes up syntax colouring. See the following example. where the variable ...
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How can I use Dynamic to run a script when a new file is added to a directory?

I have an external program saving files to some directory on my hard disc. I'd like to run a script that imports and runs a script on each file as it is added to the directory. Is there a simple way ...
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Interactively select a row/column of a Grid

I need a simple way to display tabular data (preferably with Grid) and also be able to select a row or column of the table. I've tried different approaches, but I ...
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ListPicker with conditional selection

I am reading data from a SQL Database and want to manually sellect multiple rows. ListPicker works very nicely, the only added complication is that I need to not only select the records, but also ...
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Why does a heavy background slow LocatorPane from updating, even if only the locators are Dynamic?

I'm having some trouble getting a dynamic plot to operate efficiently, and I think I've tracked down at least part of the problem to some pretty weird behaviour on the part of ...
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How to convert String to an Expression inside Manipulate which depends on control variable

Normally, in Global context, these 2 are equivalent eqn = "r-x"; r = -2; Plot[ToExpression[eqn], {x, -5, 5}] and ...